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The Gaelic King (2017)

Not Rated | | Action, Fantasy | 10 July 2017 (UK)
Set in war-torn 800AD Scotland, The Gaelic King tells the story of warrior-king Alpin mac Eachdach. When his young brother is captured, Alpin must hunt the kidnappers though a dark forest that hides an ancient evil.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alasdair Blair Alasdair Blair ... King Eachdach
Simon DeSilva ... King Unust
Peter Cosgrove ... Fergus
Rhona Fleming Rhona Fleming ... Alpin's Mother
Daniel Todd Daniel Todd ... Baby Finn
Jake McGarry Jake McGarry ... Alpin
Shona Melrose ... Edana
Ellie Reid ... Sinead
Fiona Stewart Fiona Stewart ... Biddy
Laurence Whitley Laurence Whitley ... Lachlan
Noah Irvine Noah Irvine ... Finn
Alan Cuthbert ... Torcall
David Richardson David Richardson ... King Conall
Kerry Browne ... Olc-Mòr / Nathara
Matthew O'Hara Matthew O'Hara ... Tammie


Set in war-torn 800AD Scotland, The Gaelic King tells the story of warrior-king Alpin mac Eachdach. When his young brother is captured, Alpin must hunt the kidnappers though a dark forest that hides an ancient evil.

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When Darkness Comes The King Returns


Action | Fantasy


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Release Date:

10 July 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dalriata's King See more »

Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK

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2.35 : 1
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All things considered, a feel-good watch
16 July 2017 | by laurie-232-113131See all my reviews

Firstly, when compared to other films in the indie/action/low budget genre, this is exceptional. It doesn't fall into the trap of pretending to be a Hollywood blockbuster, but accepts its limitations and works within them. The story is simple, but works well in its context, and is refreshingly satisfactory, though not at all deserving of a '15' rating (Interestingly my DVD copy has been rated a 12 by the IFCO- a much more appropriate audience) Also, it is really nice to see an good original score- makes a great change from the royalty-free tracks so often used! The beautiful Scottish countryside obviously inspired the producers, and seeing some of the shots you wonder why it isn't used more by higher budget movies.

When compared to the larger genre, the film still holds up against criticism, especially in its story and the quality of the editing and score. The visual effects are not fantastic, but don't massively impact the overall watchability of the film. Certainly not a retelling of history, but an interesting interpretation of the few details known about the period.

In many ways, a historical/fantasy action/adventure is an unlikely candidate for a budget production, but this film manages to pull it off.

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